Google buys minority stake in insurance agency software provider, Applied Systems

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The purchase was made through CapitalG, Alphabet’s growth equity investment fund. Google has purchased a minority stake in a company called Applied Systems, which provides insurance agency software, cloud based software and other tech for independent agencies. CapitalG was also the investment firm behind the funding for Airbnb, Lyft, SurveyMonkey and Zscaler. CapitalG is the growth equity investment fund at Alphabet, Google’s parent company. As of the time of the writing of this article, neither CapitalG nor Applied Systems have disclosed any of the financial details of the deal. That…

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Swyfft, the Insurance Company that Uses AI to Save Customers Money, Sets Sights on National Rollout

Swyfft, a platform that won’t stop until it has wholly disrupted insurance as we know it, announces launch in Illinois and New Jersey

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Strange insurance claims rise as a result of fur, feathers and creepy-crawlies

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Everything from peacocks to bedbugs are leading to a rise in filings with insurers in the United States. Strange insurance claims resulting from animal-related incidents are on the rise in the United States. Everything from aggressive peacocks to hotel room bedbugs are sending people to their insurers for reimbursement of their losses. This insurance data was published by Allianz SE in a report based on a recent study it conducted. Strange insurance claims in the United States involving bedbugs rose by 50 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to Allianz…

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Allstate Insurance Company launching new underwriting platform

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The insurer announced the implementation of the platform featuring automated data integration. Allstate Insurance Company has announced its intentions to implement the UnderwritingCenter platform. The platform was created by Myriad Development. The goal is to improve automated data integration while enhancing the quality of risk evaluation. UnderwritingCenter allows Allstate to automate its underwriting decision making processes. At the same time, Allstate Insurance Company can use the underwriting platform to integrate third party data and virtual surveys into the mix. In this way, the insurer hopes to produce greater accuracy in…

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Insurance news study results show people with coverage use hospital less

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The research compared hospitalizations among those who had health plans with those who didn’t. According to the results of a new study that are making insurance news headlines, people who have health coverage are far less likely to require hospitalization than those who are uninsured. This data comes at a time when the Affordable Care Act is still trying to show it will be financially worthwhile. The research performed a comparison between the hospitalizations of childless adults who had BadgerCare with those who are completely uninsured. What it determined was…

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TWIA plan aims to reduce financial burden on policyholders

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Texas legislators introduce new plan for TWIA Texas lawmakers have revealed a plan that aims to help solve the problems of the beleaguered Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). The state-run insurance provider offers coverage for coastal properties and is typically the only place homeowners in coastal regions can find the coverage they need because of the high risks they represent. TWIA has faced several challenges over the years, most of which have been financial, and lawmakers have been working to solve these problems. Plan aims to raise funds for state-run…

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Insurance news from Swiss Re shows drop in catastrophe claims

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The industry has faced about half as much cost from disasters than it saw last year. Swiss Re, the massive European reinsurance company, has released its most recent insurance news statistics for the year, saying that it looks as though the industry took on about half of the claims costs for disasters this year than it did last year. The claims losses from 2011 were nearly record breaking, so the notable reduction is very welcome. The prediction made by Swiss Re in its insurance news statement was that the industry…

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